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Critical Sp(N) models in 6-epsilon dimensions and higher spin dS/CFT

Author(s): Fei, Lin; Giombi, Simone; Klebanov, Igor R; Tarnopolsky, Grigory

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Abstract: Theories of anti-commuting scalar fields are non-unitary, but they are of interest both in statistical mechanics and in studies of the higher spin de Sitter/Conformal Field Theory correspondence. We consider an Sp(N) invariant theory of N anti-commuting scalars and one commuting scalar, which has cubic interactions and is renormalizable in 6 dimensions. For any even N we find an IR stable fixed point in 6 - epsilon dimensions at imaginary values of coupling constants. Using calculations up to three loop order, we develop epsilon expansions for several operator dimensions and for the sphere free energy F. The conjectured F-theorem is obeyed in spite of the non-unitarity of the theory. The 1/N expansion in the Sp(N) theory is related to that in the corresponding O(N) symmetric theory by the change of sign of N. Our results point to the existence of interacting non-unitary 5-dimensional CFTs with Sp(N) symmetry, where operator dimensions are real. We conjecture that these CFTs are dual to the minimal higher spin theory in 6-dimensional de Sitter space with Neumann future boundary conditions on the scalar field. For N = 2 we show that the IR fixed point possesses an enhanced global symmetry given by the super-group OSp(1 vertical bar 2). This suggests the existence of OSp(1 vertical bar 2) symmetric CFTs in dimensions smaller than 6. We show that the 6 - epsilon expansions of the scaling dimensions and sphere free energy in our OSp(1 vertical bar 2) model are the same as in the q -> 0 limit of the q-state Potts model.
Publication Date: Sep-2015
Electronic Publication Date: 14-Sep-2015
Citation: Fei, Lin, Giombi, Simone, Klebanov, Igor R, Tarnopolsky, Grigory. (2015). Critical Sp(N) models in 6-epsilon dimensions and higher spin dS/CFT. JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS, 10.1007/JHEP09(2015)076
DOI: doi:10.1007/JHEP09(2015)076
ISSN: 1029-8479
Pages: 09(2015)076-1 - 09(2015)076-13
Type of Material: Journal Article
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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